Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Community-wide block parties: Fun and friendship

By Susan Gartner

The Davis/Whiteman/Phillips/High/Xenia Block Party on Saturday, August 20, featured food, fun, friendship and ping pong with musical accompaniment by Elizabeth Price, Patti Dallas, Joseph and Matt Minde, and Mark DeLozier.

After invites went out to 80 homes, pictures were taken of all the houses and made into a neighborhood map to help guests make a visual connection of faces to places. Many participants had just moved to the area and appreciated the creative, sumptuous, and well-timed way to meet their new neighbors.

Thanks so much to the Human Relations Commission for the sponsorship, inspiration, $20 gift certificate from Tom’s Market, and the box of chalk. Hope we did you proud.

I have to admit, organizing it was just as much fun as attending, thanks to a wonderfully cooperative, inspiring, and enthusiastic coordinating committee. I've been smiling every since.

Wait til you see what we've got in store for next year!!!

Photos by Susan Gartner

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